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Viewing cable 08SANJOSE87, BILATERAL COMMISSION WITH NICARAGUA ON HOLD

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08SANJOSE87 2008-02-01 19:07 2011-03-08 16:04 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy San Jose
Appears in these articles:
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-07/Investigacion/NotasDestacadas/Investigacion2704388.aspx
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-07/Investigacion/NotaPrincipal/Investigacion2704402.aspx
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-07/Investigacion/NotasSecundarias/Investigacion2704436.aspx
http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-07/Investigacion/NotasSecundarias/Investigacion2705536.aspx
VZCZCXYZ0015
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSJ #0087 0321959
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 011959Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY SAN JOSE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9407
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE
RUEHMU/AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 5202
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 0502
UNCLAS SAN JOSE 000087 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR WHA/RBEAL 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PINR CS NU
SUBJECT: BILATERAL COMMISSION WITH NICARAGUA ON HOLD 
 
REF: A. 2007 SAN JOSE 01451 
     B. 2007 SAN JOSE 01768 
 
1. (SBU) SUMMARY:  Per Ref B, Costa Rica and Nicaragua had 
agreed, at least in principle, to resume "binational 
commission" meetings as a tool to resolve long-standing 
bilateral disputes.  At meetings between President Ortega and 
President Arias in Managua last August and in San Jose in 
November, the two heads of state confirmed their support to 
re-establish the binational commission as a potentially 
useful tool to resolve their border, migration and security 
disagreements.  At the November San Jose meeting, the two 
governments agreed that the first session would take place in 
late January at a town in southern Nicaragua.  Ortega also 
said he would abide by the future decision of the 
International Court of Justice (ICJ) on one of the most 
controversial issues, the settlement of the Rio San Juan 
dispute.  Despite Costa Rican MFA requests to get a date and 
place for the bilateral commission meeting from the GON, the 
GOCR has yet to receive an answer and does not expect these 
meetings to resume in the immediate future. END SUMMARY. 
 
2. (U) In a surprise Ortega visit to Costa Rica last 
November, Presidents Arias and Ortega discussed several 
sticking points in their bilateral relationship, including 
border, migration, and security disputes.  They agreed to 
resume binational commission meetings, on hold since October 
2006, to further dialogue and seek resolution of these 
outstanding problems, most notably the Rio San Juan 
controversy, now at the ICJ in The Hague.  Binational 
commission meetings between the heads of state and other key 
players were reactivated in 2006 by Costa Rica FM Bruno 
Stagno, after a nine-year hiatus.  At the conclusion of 
Ortega's visit to Costa Rica in November, Arias and Ortega 
agreed that the next binational commission meeting would take 
place at the end of January in Nicaragua. 
 
3. (U) Nicaraguan Ambassador to Costa Rica Harold Rivas also 
confirmed to us in December that the meetings would resume, 
indicating Nicaraguan willingness to try to improve 
relations.  At that time, he predicted the meetings would 
take place at the end of 2007 or beginning of 2008. 
 
4. (SBU) The Costa Rican MFA has requested from the GON a 
definitive date and place for the commencement of these 
sessions.  An MFA spokesperson told us that despite two 
recent requests, the GON remains mute about the issue. 
Ambassador Rivas recently indicated to us that Nicaraguan 
diplomacy was quite "busy at this time."  MFA contacts told 
us it was possible that Nicaraguan FM Santos was not taking 
any action in view of President Ortega's total control of 
foreign policy, but also speculated that Ortega's 
deteriorating relationship with the Nicaraguan Legislature 
might be precluding him from making a decision on this topic. 
 
5. (SBU) Despite protracted border disagreements, practical 
cooperation between Costa Rican and Nicaraguan law 
enforcement authorities does exist at the very busy and 
chaotic border crossing point of Penas Blancas.  For example, 
when Costa Rican Drug Control Police (PCD) had difficulties, 
due to inadequate equipment, last December inspecting a 
tractor trailer they suspected of carrying drugs, they asked 
for and received assistance from their Nicaraguan 
counterparts.  The result was the joint seizure of over 600 
kilograms of cocaine. 
 
6. (U) Per Ref A, on January 15, Costa Rica filed their reply 
("replica de la demanda") on time to the ICJ at The Hague 
regarding the Rio San Juan border controversy.  Nicaragua now 
has until July to file their counter-reply 
("contra-memoria").  Once this happens, the written stage of 
the adjudication process will finish and the Court will have 
to set a date for formal hearings. 
 
7. (SBU) COMMENT.  It comes as no surprise that there is 
little progress in the formation of the binational commission 
between Costa Rica and Nicaragua to resolve old conflicts.  A 
long history of personal dispute and poor cooperation between 
Arias and Ortega mean this process will plug along slowly. 
Despite Ortega's seeming acceptance of a future decision on 
the Rio San Juan dispute, on January 21, Nicaragua reiterated 
a proposal for an extrajudicial settlement to resolve the 
issue.  We do not expect the GOCR to accept it.  On a 
positive note, practical counterdrug cooperation on the 
border seems to indicate the willingness, at least at the 
local level on both sides of the border, to enhance regional 
security cooperation. 
BRENNAN